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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

The right side of the brain

The right side of the brain

Creativity isn’t the preserve of one side of the brain, and it isn’t a talent confined to people with a special kind of brain. If you’re human and you’ve got a brain, you’re capable of being creative.

It’s true that the two brain hemispheres do function differently, but crucially they are joined by massive bundles of nerve fibers and most mental functions involve the two hemispheres working together.

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The Eureka Myth
The Eureka Myth

There is a big misconception that ideas generate like a flash.

Researches show that such insights are actually the culminating result of prior hard work on a problem. It's like our brain is connecting the dots to form an image.

The Breed Myth

A lot of people think that creative ability is a trait inherent in one’s heritage or genes. In fact, there is no such thing as a creative breed.

Creative minds are not born, they are made. People who have confidence in themselves and work the hardest on a problem are the ones most likely to come up with a creative solution.

The Originality Myth

There's a long-standing myth about intellectual property - the idea that a creative idea is proprietary to the person who thought of it.

But history and empirical research revealed that new ideas are actually combinations of older ideas and that sharing those helps generate more innovation.

Definition of Creativity
Definition of Creativity

Creativity is the process of generating new ideas, possibilities, or alternatives that result in outcomes that are original and of value. Characteristics:

  • It is not a person's characteristic, it is a process.
  • Creativity is not just about thinking, but also coming up with an outcome.
  • You end up with something unique.
  • The outcome is of value to someone.
"Naturally creative" people

Myth: "Some people are naturally creative and other people aren’t."

It’s true that some people spend more time on creative activities than others. But brain science is clear about the fact that there are creative brain states that can be turned on by some fairly simple actions. This means that everyone can learn how to be more creative.

Creativity and art

Myth: "Creativity means creating works of art."

Creativity is not just about being artistic. There are many ways to be creative, and creating works of art is just one way. Creativity includes many things, for example, cooking, programming, interface design, and problem solving.

5 Common Myths About Creativity
  1. Creativity is only needed at the top. The truth is that creativity applies to everything. The executives are not only the ones who experience conflict, everyone does.
  2. People are creative (or not) based on what they do. But creativity does not only appear for artistic people. It manifests in every field.
  3. Creativity can’t be developed. But creativity is not born, it is developed by continuous practice and focus.
  4. "Creativity isn’t my job". In reality, creativity must be applied at all levels. Everyone could benefit from being creative.
  5. _"My technical skills and experience are enough." _The truth is those skills and experiences could be enhanced with creativity. Don't just rely on what you know, be creative in applying it.